Luxury fashion : the significance of luxury fashion goods for sustainable fashion design

Finn, Angela L. (2011) Luxury fashion : the significance of luxury fashion goods for sustainable fashion design. In Sustainability Festival and Conference Day, 18th May, 2011, RMIT University, Melbourne. (Unpublished)

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This paper extends the work of “Luxury fashion : the role of innovation as a key contributing factor in the development of luxury fashion goods and sustainable fashion design” (Finn, 2011). The discussion here begins with the observation that post consumer textile waste remains a major obstacle in realising a model of sustainable fashion design and production however, amongst the millions of tonnes of textile and clothing sent to landfill each year there is little evidence of authentic luxury branded goods ending life as landfill. The sustainable fashion movement often support approaches such as fashion up-cycle, re-cycle and cradle to cradle solutions. This paper argues that the priority should be to break the cycle of consumerism as an immediate intervention in ongoing unsustainable (and in some cases unethical) practices involved in the production of fashion goods. The connections between maker and consumer are explored through object analysis and the findings raise questions of the separation between luxury fashion goods and fashion goods that bear luxury fashion branding. This paper suggests that unethical and subversive exploitation of these connections may be used to promote increased consumerism while at the same time purporting exclusivity and superior craftsmanship.

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ID Code: 41839
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Sustainability, Craftsmanship, Luxury Fashion Goods, Luxury Fashion Branding, Sustainable Fashion Design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Divisions: Past > Disciplines > Fashion
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Angela Finn
Deposited On: 30 May 2011 22:39
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2012 06:18

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